Not a major post this week, but a few side notes on happenings you may want to know about:
Two conferences, both on their East Coast site rotations:
Aug 29 -Sept 1 Sheraton Crystal City Arlington , VA
The annual IANDS conference has been a sort of Mecca for near-death experiencers for 25+ years. This year’s lineup of speakers is top-notch. I am not presenting this year (unrelated to the top-notch issue!), but will be offering some discussion opportunities.
Oct 3-5 Hilton Crystal City Arlington, VA
2nd annual conference on Therapeutic Issues of Spiritually Transformative Experiences. Bruce Greyson, MD, will be keynoter (reason enough to consider attending). I will be presenting on “Therapeutic Challenges of Distressing Near-Death Experiences.” Specifically directed to mental health professionals and ‘spiritual guidance counselors,’ this conference is sponsored by the American Center for the Integration of Spiritually Transformative Experiences (ACISTE).
For experiencers with an interest in participating in a research study:
[Please note: The following notice is for your information only; it is not a recommendation. If you are in an emotionally or psychologically fragile state, consult with your therapist, physician, or spiritual director before undertaking any experiential probing.]
Joseph Dillard, LCSW, PhD, author of Fire From Heaven: Deep Listening to Near-Death Experiences and creator of Integral Deep Listening, is conducting a study on the effects of integral deep listening on people who have had stressful or frightening NDEs.
Even if your NDE occurred years ago, Dr. Dillard believes that it is possible to maximize the positives hidden in unpleasant aspects of NDEs while minimizing the residue of stress that such experiences can create.
Participation in his study is simple. While an hour Skype or Google Chat interview is preferable, Dr. Dillard can also send questionnaires by email. The hope is that your participation will help validate a new approach to helping to reduce the stress of those who have distressing NDEs.